6 Month Practical Filmmaking

Program Overview

6 Month Professional HandsOn training covering Pre-Production, Production and Post Production

Our accelerator modules are a comprehensive, activity-based and interactive way for students to learn and practice key concepts at their own pace, reserving in-class time for more advanced topics and accommodating varied industry backgrounds.

Module 1 – Filmmaking Skillset – 4 Weeks

  1. Introduction to the Film Industry
  2. Skills & Jobs Overview
  3. Genres & Grammer of Film, TV & Media
  4. The Entertainment Business
  1. Digital Cameras & Lenses – Canon\Panasonic\Sony
  2. Digital Cinema Cameras – RED\ARRI\BMD\Canon
  3. Cine Zoom, Cine Prime Lenses & Filters
  4. Cine Rigs, Tripods, Sliders, Jibs, Stabilizers & Dollies
  1. Movement/Composition/Focus Racking Techniques
  2. Overview of Lighting Equipment, Stands & Technology
  3. Exposure, Instruments & Metering (ETTL-ETTM-ETTR)
  4. Various Lighting Layouts, Gels, Diffusers & Cookies
  1. Sound Recording Devices & Mixers
  2. Mic Operation, Capture Patterns, Wiring & Power
  3. Field Recording, Wireless Operation & Monitoring
  4. Foley & Music production in Film

Module 2 – Development & Pre-Production – 4 Weeks

  1. EU, US & International Film Markets & Festivals
  2. Producers, Co-Productions & Film Incentives
  3. Script Formats & Structure (Film, TV & Media)
  4. Story Development
  1. Character Development
  2. Script Development – Acts to Sequences to Script
  3. From Script to Storyboard (Visualization)
  4. Storyboarding Tools & Techniques
  1. Scene Breakdowns, Research & Feasibility Study
  2. Project Slating, Production & Distribution Budgets
  3. Location Scouting & Planning
  4. Set Building, Props, Costumes, Hair & Make-Up
  1. Crew & Equipment Allocation
  2. Casting Actors & Extras
  3. Shooting Schedule, Permits & Release Forms
  4. Call Sheets, Slating, Logging & Daily Reports

Module 3 – Practical & Principal Photography – 4 Weeks

  1. Pre-Production Brief
  2. Practical Photography Requirements
  3. Camera, Rigs & Sound Equipment Selection & Setup
  4. Lighting Equipment Selection & Setup
  1. Practical Photography – Indoor Scene
  2. Practical Photography – Macro Scene
  3. Practical Photography – Outdoor Scene – Day
  4. Practical Photography – Outdoor Scene – Night
  1. Footage & Audio – Review & Improvements
  2. Establish Optimals for Camera & Sound Settings
  3. Camera & Cast Blocking Sheets – Planning and Lock
  4. Lighting Diagrams – Planning & Lock
  1. Principal Photography – Indoor Scene
  2. Principal Photography – Macro Scene
  3. Principal Photography – Outdoor Scene – Day
  4. Principal Photography – Outdoor Scene – Night

Module 4 – Post-Production (Editing) – 4 Weeks

  1. Introduction to Non-Linear Editing
  2. Film, TV & Media Editing Terms & Jargon
  3. Suites Overview – Avid, Adobe, BMD, Lightworks, FCP
  4. Hardware & Software Requirements
  1. Understanding & Customising the User Interface
  2. Setting up Projects, Importing & Organising Assets
  3. Sequence Timelines, Nested Sequences & Sub-Clips
  4. Source, Program & Reference Monitors
  1. Editing Essentials, Tools & Shortcuts
  2. Putting Clips in Motion (Creative Techniques)
  3. Using Titles & Transitions
  4. Intermediate Video Effects & Color Correction
  1. Adding Dialogue, Sound Effects & Music
  2. Audio Cleaning/Recovery, Levels & Master Mixing
  3. Exporting a Master Copy & Distribution Copies
  4. Final Steps – Best Media Storage Practices

Module 5 – Post-Production (VFX) – 4 Weeks

  1. Introduction to VFX
  2. Film, TV & Media VFX Terms & Jargon
  3. Suites Overview – Adobe AfterFX, BMD Fusion, Nuke
  4. Hardware & Software Requirements
  1. Understanding & Customising the User Interface
  2. Setting up Projects, Importing & Organising Assets
  3. Understanding and Designing efficient Workflows
  4. Timeline, Key Frames, Pre-Comps & Nodes
  1. Working with and Animating Text
  2. Video Effects, Presets & Adjustment Layers
  3. Working with Expressions & Animation controls
  4. Effective Motion Tracking, Stabilization & Shake Effect
  1. Sky Replacement & CGI Planning & Compositing
  2. Muzzle Flashes, Fire & Explosion Composites
  3. Digital Rain, Fog, Smoke and Mist Composites
  4. Exporting VFX Composites for various scenarios

Module 6 – Post-Production (Coloring) – 4 Weeks

  1. Introduction to the Color Grading
  2. Color Grading for Film, TV & Media
  3. Color Science & Dynamic Range Explained
  4. Suites Overview – BMD, Adobe, FCP
  1. Understanding the User Interface
  2. Grading Workflows, Importing & Organising Assets
  3. Timelines, Video Scopes & Nodes Overview
  4. Working with Compressed & RAW Media
  1. Setting Exposure, Color Balancing & Curves
  2. Using Technical & Creative LUTs
  3. Color Match with Color Charts
  4. Grading Linear & LOG Images
  1. Working with Masks and Vignettes
  2. Tracking Masks & Keyframing Color Effects
  3. Black & White, Day for Night & Color Isolation
  4. Distribution Standards & Broadcast Safe


6 Month Practical Filmmaking – Training Hours Breakdown:

Master Core:
288 Hrs (In-Class) + 96 Hrs (On-Line)

Hybrid Practical:
192 Hrs (In-Class) + 96 Hrs (On-Line)

Industry Level Achievements:
(Field Projects) 144 Hrs


2019 Starting Date: September – 8,500

Participants are encouraged to assist on other film productions as a member of their crew, providing everyone with extensive on set experience.

Participants are given the opportunity to enhance their portfolio by participating and delivering on commercial projects.

Industry Standard Filming Equipment & Film Editing Suites are provided.

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